What we're about
PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder occurs approximately 1 in every 20 women! Are you the 1?
I am a Brooklyn Photographer with PMDD, and I want to start a support group to get the conversations going about PMDD. I myself have so much to learn. Below you can read more about what exactly PMDD is!
Many people are not very familiar with PMDD. As a woman who struggled her whole life with these issues, I only recently found out, 3 years ago that what I had was PMDD. I am only now beginning my journey to understand the illness, and taking steps to get everyone involved. Most doctors aren't even aware of the issue, and many women are misdiagnosed. We've gone too long and I am too frustrated by this ignorance, and it's time to unite!
If you or someone you love might have this illness, please come to my meetings and let's all join together to talk, support, learn, and educate people.
PMDD according to the Gia Allemand Foundation states:
"Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (also known as Premenstrual Dysphoria, Late
Luteal Phase Dysphoric Disorder, or PMDD) is a cyclical, hormone-based mood
disorder with symptoms arising during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle
and lasting until the onset of menstrual flow. It affects an estimated 2-10% of
women of reproductive age. While PMDD is directly connected to a woman’s
menstrual cycle, it is not a hormone disorder. It is a suspected genetic disorder
with symptoms often worsening over time and following reproductive events
including menarche, ovulation, pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, and menopause.
Women with PMDD are at an increased risk for postpartum depression and
suicidal behavior. Many, but not all, women with PMDD have a history of sexual
trauma or depression. "
Symptoms of PMDD
Feelings of sadness or despair or even thoughts of suicide
Feelings of tension or anxiety
Panic attacks, mood swings, or frequent crying
Lasting irritability or anger that affects other people
Lack of interest in daily activities and relationships
Trouble thinking or focusing
Tiredness or low-energy
Food cravings or binge eating
Feeling out of control
Physical symptoms, such as bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or muscle pain
These symptoms occur during a week or two before menstruation and go away within a few days after bleeding begins. A diagnosis of PMDD requires the presence of at least five of these symptoms.
Helpful Sites and PMDD supported Networks
Gia Allemand Foundation
Me v PMDD-Symptom Tracker App